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Jane Stevens, who lost her son to suicide, says the latest suicide statistics show the system is failing.  [Photo: Supplied to RNZ]
A mother who lost a child to suicide is calling for urgent change after it was revealed more than 600 New Zealanders took their own lives in the year to June. Figures released today by Chief Coroner Deborah Marshall show the highest annual number of suicide deaths since the statistics were first...
 The speaker of Tonga's Parliament Lord Tuʻivakanō. [Photo: RNZ/Daniela Maoate-Cox]
The speaker of Tonga's parliament says he had to ask the King to dissolve parliament as the government was working to concentrate power within cabinet. Lord Tu'ivakano approached King Tupou last week, who called a snap election. In a four page statement, Lord Tu'ivakano said he had been concerned...
The director general of the Forum Fisheries Agency has called for continued unity in managing the Pacific's tuna industry. ames Movick's call follows some countries in the region questioning future management of the fishery given the inclusion of French Pacific territories in the Pacific Islands...
A rare skink thought to be extinct in Niue has been found again, alive and well on the island. Called the Olive Tree skink, the reptile is endemic to Niue and American Samoa.  [Photo: 123rf via RNZI]
REPORT OWNS UP TO EXISTENCE OF SAMOA’S SEX WORKERS The Ministry of Health has made it a priority to educate and counsel “commercial sex workers” despite the government downplaying their existence. The decision is revealed in a 98-page National HIV, AIDS, and STI Policy 2017-2022 report obtained by...
Members of the Paradise of Samoa community dance group. (Photo: CRAIG KEENER / Special to the Statesman Journal)
Paradise of Samoa, a Polynesian dance and culture nonprofit group based in Salem, began in 2006 with a question: Why didn’t something like it already exist? “We were looking for a Polynesian group for our own children, and then we couldn’t find one,” said Tasi Keener, a co-founder. “So we created...
WE NEED OUR SAMOAN LANGUAGE: Rev. Lavilavi Soloi, Rev. Vaiao Alailima Eteuati and Makerita Asiata. (Photo: Aruna Lolani/ Samoa Observer))
We should value our Samoan language and do the best we can to strengthen how it is used. That is the message from the Chairperson of the Samoan Language Commission; Reverend Vaiao Alailima Eteuati. He was speaking during a press conference to highlight the work of the Commission, especially in...
National GOP leaders repudiated the unequal citizenship of Americans living in the country’s territories during a meeting of the Republican National Committee on Friday in Nashville. The Republican National Committee did so with the passage of a resolution entitled “Affirming the Equal Citizenship...
Tonga's Parliament building. [Photo: RNZ Pacific/Koro Vaka'uta]
On Thursday afternoon, a short one-page notice was published that caught many in Tonga off guard. King Tupou VI had dissolved parliament, effective from 5pm. Months of frustrations with the government of Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva had come to a head, and the Speaker of Parliament, Lord Tu'...
Samoa's new international airline, Samoa Airways, will fly between Auckland and Apia six times per week. The airline launches its service on November 14 from its hub at Faleolo International Airport. Samoa Airways will fly from Auckland to Apia on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and...
 Tonga's King Tupou VI [Photo: RNZI/Indira Moala]
Tonga's King has dissolved the country's parliament and called for fresh elections. The decision marks the downfall of 'Akilisi Pohiva, the first commoner to be elected prime minister in 2014. His government has been marred by controversy and allegations of incompetence, but he survived a motion of...

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